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Monday, October 20, 2014

Path of Positivity Mid-challenge post - Courage

Our theme this month on the Path of Positivity blog is Courage.  What does courage mean to you?  What does courage look like?

For my mid-challenge project I selected this wonderful Daisies image set to work with from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The image is beautiful and the sentiments are fabulous.




When deciding what to create I knew that I wanted the flowers colors to represent two toned beauties.  Flowers in nature must endure great change from seed to flora and are rarely a single solid color, but made up of many colors.  I then decided which sentiment I wanted to use from this set.

I printed the main image and one of the sentiments onto white cardstock.  I then trimmed the sentiment circle using scissors.  I then colored the main image using my Copic markers; focusing on the hues being at least two toned on each flower and leaf.  I then inked the edges of the image and the circle.  I added the main image to my card base and the sentiment was added using foam tape for dimension.



I chose this sentiment as a reminder to myself to truly "Embrace every Season of your life".  It is so easy to get into a routine and to miss out on what is going on around you.  Especially if you are facing difficult times.  It take great courage to face problems head on and deal with them; especially the ones that are not easy.    So this sentiment to me is a reminder to face and embrace the seasons of good as well as those of bad that are a part of life.

What does courage mean to you?  Create a project that is a visual representation of what courage means to you, what it looks like to you, or who has been courageous that inspires you...tell us about your project and link it up on the Path of Positivity blog.

This month our fabulous sponsor is Sparkle N Sprinkle and they have some wonderful prizes available to three lucky particpants.

Sparkle N Sprinkle is the sole sponsor for this challenge:  They are offering up three prizes for this challenge, which will be:
  • Three digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • Three digital images for a project or post that best displays the concept of courage in a creation meant for a breast cancer survivor (since it is breast cancer awareness month).
There will also  be:
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wa-Wa-Wednesday!!!

Time again for another Chi Chi Memories Wednesday post!  This week I am showing you the cute new release image Delightful Day:




For my card I first printed her onto white cardstock and colored her with my Copics.  I then fussy cut the image out.  I used this wonderful paper from the Old World Paper Pad I won from Paper House Productions to add to my card front and popped the image up using foam tape; it really makes her look like she's jumping in this scene!  I added this wonderful rubon from my stash to the top to finish off the creation.



I just think this image is darling!!!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (optional CAS)... my card is CAS because it only has the girl image, rubon, and pattern paper background.
Come and Get it Challenges - Women/Girls having fun
The Craft Place - Girls but no PINK

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sweet Stamps fun

I'm a guest designer for Sweet Stamps for October and last week on their challenge blog I shared this card created using the Holiday Sparkles Duo stamp set:




I stamped the sentiment and small image onto the bottom right corner on my cardstock.  I then used chalk to color the entire cardstock piece.  I then diecut this wonderful snowflake from blue cardstock and then added it to the chalked cardstock using a silver brad.  I then added glitter to the center of the small image.

I then used a glue pen to edge my card base with glue dragging it through this wonderful blue glitter to accentuate the edges of my card.  The entire panel was then added to a card base.





This week I created this card for their KRAFT challenge using their beautiful Queen Anne's Wildflowers image:




For my card I started with a Kraft card base. I inked the edges of the card using black ink.  I then stamped the image onto another piece of kraft using black ink.  I then inked the edges of that cardstock piece.  I then backed it onto black cardstock and added the stack to my card base.  I then used a white chalk pencil to add detail marks to the stamped image and outline the smaller kraft piece on the black cardstock.





There is still time for you to pull out some of your crafting supplies and take part in the KRAFT challenge.  Be sure to link up your project on this blog post here.

Happy crafting!!!  Lynda

Saturday, October 11, 2014

All about the scraps

So...I took part in a local crafty garage sale this weekend.  In the process of going through all my things I decided I should start to use up my scraps....so I created this fun card using all leftovers from previous projects:




I'm quite happy with how it turned out...

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Winnie & Walter Pattern Play with Shay challenge


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Monochromatic color fun this week...

This week our theme at the Red Rubber Inspirationals blog is Monochromatic stamping.

What is monochromatic?  It means having or consisting of one color or hue.  So coloring your stamped image within the same color family...all pinks...all greens...

For my cards I decided to keep my design super simple and use a single stamped image.  This week I am using the Butterfly Swirl cling stamped image:



This stamp lends itself well to being colored in various ways.  My first card features a purple monochromatic color scheme:


My second card features a pink monochromatic color scheme:


As you can see, the card designs are similar and a monochromatic design creates a wonderful variety of outcomes using the same image.


I hope you will take my challenge and link up your project to the Red Rubber Inspirational blog post here before October 15 at midnight!  Remember your project MUST feature a stamped image as the focus and be sure to write about what the image is in your post.

Happy crafting...Lynda


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Wednesday fun...

This month the new release images from Chi Chi Memories are soooo cute.

This week I created a fun card using the new Shy Girl image:




I thought it would be fun since it's October to create a card that featured a girl with pink hair for breast cancer awareness....so here she is with her blonde hair with pink tips...




I just adore this image and think she is so cute with her fun hair color.

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful projects featured on the Chi Chi Memories blog!

Entering this card into the Winnie & Walter WCMS Pinterest challenge...my card is inspired by the color scheme of the image shared on their blog post here.


Happy crafting....Lynda

Monday, October 06, 2014

Path of Positivity October challenge - Courage

Our theme this month on the Path of Positivity blog is Courage.  What does courage mean to you?  What does courage look like?

For my card I first decided on this quote:  "Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will" by Mary W. Stewart.  This quote really spoke to me of courage to face anything and let things fall where they will. It takes a great amount of courage to stand up and face things.

I chose this image titled Western Tanager from Sparkle N Sprinkle for my project.  I image that a bird must have a great deal of courage to survive in the wild.  To learn to fly, to learn to hunt, to avoid being hunted, to survive....  This sweet image was perfect for my quote.



I printed the image and quote onto white cardstock.  I then colored the image using my Copic markers.  I then found these wonderful pattern papers that were in hues the same as my coloring and added them to the card base.



What does courage mean to you?  Create a project that is a visual representation of what courage means to you, what it looks like to you, or who has been courageous that inspires you...tell us about your project and link it up on the Path of Positivity blog.

This month our fabulous sponsor is Sparkle N Sprinkle and they have some wonderful prizes available to three lucky particpants.

Sparkle N Sprinkle is the sole sponsor for this challenge:  They are offering up three prizes for this challenge, which will be:
  • Three digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • Three digital images for a project or post that best displays the concept of courage in a creation meant for a breast cancer survivor (since it is breast cancer awareness month).
There will also  be:
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Happy crafting....Lynda



Thursday, October 02, 2014

Yeah...I missed it.... Next Saturday Seattle area paper crafters....Resale Event!!!

So if you are a regular blog reader you know I typically post on Wednesdays....well somehow I forgot to post yesterday...  I'm doing a crafty garage sale next weekend and well lets just say I've been going through my crafty space and making a HUGE mess of things as I destash...

So for my Wednesday Chi Chi Memories project this week I have a few cards to share with you...

First is this fun card created using these sweeties from the Joyful Season stamp set:



I colored them with Copics and added chalk to create the background coloring.

Next let me introduce you to Casual Beauty...one of the three new October release images:




For my card I colored her with my Copics.  I then fussy cut the image out.  I then doodled the border on my card base and added the ribbon and bow.  I then diecut the hello from coordinating green cardstock five times and stacked them together.

I think she is adorable and love her fun dress!!!

Be sure to check out the other new release images on the Chi Chi Memories blog.

Also...if you live in the Seattle area...you might want to check our our garage sale next Saturday, October 11:


I will be selling a brand new still in the box never opened Craftwell ecutter electronic machine....retail $299....resale event price $100...won't last long....

Hope to see you there...

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering my card into the following:



Monday, September 29, 2014

National coffee day and the Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

So....because I'm up for celebrating National Coffee Day....and I love coffee so much I decided to create another card for the Coffee lovers bloghop today.





Some of the hop participants are answering some fun coffee related questions:

1. When did you start drinking coffee?   I did not drink coffee until after I graduated from high school and went to work for a government contractor.  I had to work kind of wonky hours taking care of a computer center; often called in late at night when the systems went down, so coffee became a staple to keep me going.

2. What is favorite brand (you can name up to three).   Starbucks, Starbucks, Starbucks...  okay maybe throw a bone to Pete's since that was a favorite of mine when we lived in the Bay Area in CA.

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?  Best coffee ever was on the Northern California coast in a small coffee shop near the ocean.  That gal knew how to add caramel to a latte!

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...  probably reach for a really strong cup of Oolong tea.  There have been days when I don't make a pot of coffee...although the first thing the kids ask me is if I've had my coffee today!


For my second card, I pulled out one of my all time favorite stamps...Latte Anya and got to coloring her.



She's colored with my Copics.  I then backed her on this wonderful paper from Farm House and the sentiment from a paper stack by Simple Stories.

Be sure to hop along and even pull out something and craft up some coffee inspired goodness...link it up here.

Would love it if you would consider becoming a blog follower!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Fresh Brewed Blog - Lots of Lattes
Inspirational Challenge 66 Designers Choice Beverages/Drinks
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

Coffee lovers bloghop!

I came across this totally fun idea for a bloghop and knew I had to jump in and play along...because living in the Seattle area...I'm kind of a coffee lover!!!


To participate in the hop be sure to stop by the Cuts, Crops, & Creativity blog to get the full list of participating blogs.

So...being a coffee lover I decided to create a fun card using this wonderful digital image from Chi Chi Memories titled A Relax Moment and added a thought bubble to it......because lets face it...when given the choice who wouldn't pick coffee:






I hope you like my card and will get yourself a cuppa joe and hop along to see all the wonderful coffee themed projects being shared....and even get a bit crafty and link up your project!

Would love it if you would consider becoming a blog follower!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Fresh Brewed Blog - Lots of Lattes

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shake it off...and up...and all over

So that Taylor Swift song seems to be on everywhere...all the time...and I'm super glad we're fans here in the house; otherwise it would get old super fast...  In the theme of the song...I decided to "shake it off" and make a shaker card.  The Just Some Lines folks are having a short Facebook challenge, so I thought I would ink up the Emo at the Beach stamp that I won from them a little while ago.

I stamped the image onto white cardstock and colored it with my Copics.  I then chalked the sky and sun.  I then cut out the frame using the Lawn Fawn small stitched journaling card and then trimmed around the outside edge to create my frame.  I then cut a transparency to fit and added two stacks of foam tape along the edge.  I then chalked my frame as well.  I then added the cute sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I then cut the "hi" from the same cardstock as my card base 5 times and stacked it.  The die is from Paper Smooches.  I added another sequin as the dot for the "i".



I think she's super cute...and now I can shake it off...up and all over...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Entering this card into the following:
Just Some Lines - Facebook challenge
Craft your passion - I can see clearly now - transparency used on shaker card
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything Die Cut - Frame cut using die and "hi" sentiment is a die cut